Mountains, Treasure Chest, Ice Cream, Fat Cat, Gecko

Gavin and Leif have only 3 days of school left. This the view they will be leaving behind for the summer.

The view from Ka’ a’ awa elementary school

On another note, we stole a treasure chest from the local pirates (evidently, pirate chests are made of solid cedar). Sadly, there was no treasure inside.



Chrissy and Andy have sadly left us and gone back to Indiana. Poor souls. As a departing gift, they took us and the family to Ferrils to eat a giant 35-scoop ice cream bowl.


With Holly back at work, there’s no one home to feed the cats during the day. As a result, Sookie has lost some weight, though she still occasionally uses the wall to hold her up.


Todays random gecko picture.



North Sound Winter Homebrew Competition

It was one of my resolutions this year to enter my beer into a competition. As I’ve missed all the local beer competitions, I’ve had to mail my beer to Mount Vernon, Washington. More specifically, to Skagit River Brewery for the North Sound Winter Homebrew Competition. The deadline was the 25th and the competition is on December 7th. We’ll see how it goes. I entered a Standard Bitter and a Dry Stout. Wish me luck.




Rainy Brew Day

When you’ve been waiting three weeks to brew a batch of beer, you don’t care if it’s raining out or not. When beer needs to be brewed, it needs to be brewed. And so I did. Take a little crystal 10, peaked malt, flaked corn, and maris otter, add it to some pale LME, throw in some amarillo and irish moss, mix the results with some safale, and what do you get? I’m not sure. It’s not done fermenting yet. But when it does, I’ll be sure to let you know. I’m as curious as you are. Actually, I’d be willing to bet I’m way more curious than you are. 20131111-203704.jpg 20131111-203721.jpg 20131111-203821.jpg 20131111-203907.jpg